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Cheney pays fine for fishing-license violation

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Senate candidate Liz Cheney has paid a $220 fine for obtaining a resident fishing license last year despite not qualifying for one at the time, she said in a statement released Wednesday.

“When I went to purchase a license, the clerk asked if I was a resident,” she said in the statement. “I said yes because I was living in Wyoming. It was my mistake not to realize there was a 365-day requirement to hold a resident license.”

Cheney said she paid the fine last week after realizing she did not meet the residency requirement. The Star-Tribune and other media outlets reported on the erroneous application earlier this month.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials did not respond to messages left Wednesday evening.

Cheney’s license application listed her as a 10-year Wyoming resident. She moved to Wyoming from Virginia last year and used her resident fishing license Aug. 3, 2012 — about three months after closing on her Wilson home.

A person must live in Wyoming for one year before receiving a resident fishing license, which is cheaper than one granted to people from other states.

Cheney said she spent the August day in 2012 on the Snake River with a group that uses fly-fishing as therapy and treatment for wounded veterans. She’d arranged for Fox News host Sean Hannity to film the group and bought the license not knowing whether she’d actually fish that day.

The Republican Senate candidate purchased the license from Westbank Anglers in Teton Village. In an interview earlier this month, Cheney said she never claimed to be a 10-year resident. She blamed the error on the clerk.

Store clerks are required to ask a series of questions when residents purchase fishing and hunting licenses. The questions include the customer’s address, birth date and length of residency.

The clerk who helped Cheney no longer works at Westbank Anglers.

Cheney is challenging Sen. Mike Enzi in the 2014 Republican primary.

Contact Joshua Wolfson at 307-266-0582 or at josh.wolfson@trib.com. Visit trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/wolfjammies to read his blog. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson.

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